Thursday, July 15, 2010

Family stories inspire me, but where do i go from here?

My great grandmother passed away two years ago at the (AMAZING) age of 105, and today I found the little "book of stories" that my family collected and wrote down of all the things she had told us. She had seen so much and I always loved her stories. She traveled all over the country and world, but one of my favorite stories was about her parents. When my GREAT GREAT grandparents went on their honeymoon, they went to Alaska to pan for gold. They didn't strike it rich, but they did come home with some really cool things, a necklace made from the only nugget they found, which I believe my sister now has, and a vast collection of pressed flowers that my great great grandmother had collected and pressed on her journey. I don't know where they are now and that makes me sad BUT i can see them in all their glory almost perfectly in my head. They were in brass frames on little pillows of red velvet.

I loved them. I wish I could have them, I wish I knew where they were, but it isn't in the cards, nobody knows where they are. Instead I am going to make my own, with flowers from my own garden.

I love my garden I have so much fun working on it and I have invested a lot of time (and money) on it. Working in my own soil is almost a spiritual experience for me. I am an Army wife, I know someday we will have to move and while I love my house, it will break my heart to have to leave my garden, its not something you can just pack up and take with you sadly.

Two weeks ago as i went out on my weekly photo documentation of the progression of blooms in my garden I snipped a few blooms to give it a test run, they still aren't quite ready, but they look so pretty! So today i went out and got more blooms from different plants and filled another phone book.

Now i have a Question for my lovely readers, how should i display these? each separately in its own little frame? or in one or two bigger frames as a sort of collage like they would be found in my garden? Please let me know what you think! It would be much appreciated!


  1. Hi Becky!
    I couldn't access your email for some reason, so I sent you a private message on Etsy instead regarding your prize. :-)

    Also, I think either way that you frame the flowers would be beautiful. What a great way to hold on to those memories!

  2. I like the collage idea you have. Keeping a big bunch of memories together in that way. Enjoyed this read! Pam @ Sallygoodin

  3. my grandma passed away this April at 102. We went to PA for her memorial at the beginning of June, and I heard stories from friends and family that I had never heard and learned more about her.
    Personally, I think anyway you choose to display them would be great, just doing it is the big thing. What a great way to remember your grandma! :)


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